The decision is an outcome of discussions between the police leadership, the Finance Ministry and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to have at least a 10 per cent increment of the money that reverts to the force after it has been collected in road fines.
police force will get 15 per cent of the total amount of money collected in
The increment from
the current five per cent will be contained in a statutory instrument expected to be issued by the Ministry of Finance, before the end of this year. The decision is an outcome of discussions between the police
leadership, the Finance Ministry and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to have at
least a 10 per cent increment of the money that reverts to the force after it has
been collected in road fines.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says that they are hopeful the
finance minister will soon issue the new arrangement which will be a big top-up
of the police budget.
the ministry of finance is coming up with new developments where there is a new
tracking arrangement. In the new arrangement, 15 per cent of the total collection will
be reverted to the police. It is an arrangement of the government which is still
at the cabinet level,” Enanga said.
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police records for 2021 show that 293,543 drivers were issued Express Penalty
tickets for committing various traffic offences. The fines totalled 26 billion Shillings but by the end of the year, police had collected 19.99 billion Shillings.
At the current rate, police would have received 999.7 million Shillings. But with the increment, the force would get up to 2.99 billion Shillings.
In this year
alone, according to traffic police spokesperson, ASP Faridah Nampiima, traffic
offenders have accumulated arrears of more than 8 billion Shillings. She warns
that police starting, Monday next week will not allow any vehicle with unpaid
penalty arrears to move freely on the road.
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the 8 billion Shillings in arrears that police are launching a hunt for
defaulters, the force has collected more than 12 billion Shillings in cash since January. The fines emanate from not wearing seatbelts,
crash helmets, pillion riding, obstructing other road users, lack of valid
driving license and overloading.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.